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Richard Francis “Dick” Schafer

Birth
Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, USA
Death 11 Apr 1994 (aged 73)
Alliance, Box Butte County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Alliance, Box Butte County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 100008112 · View Source
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Richard F.Schafer
July 5,1920-April 11,1994

Richard Francis "Dick" Schafer, 73, died April 11, 1994 at Box Butte General Hospital. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated April 14, at Holy Rosary Catholic church, Burial of cremains will be in the Alliance Cemetery with military graveside services. A wake service will be held at the church. He was born July 5, 1920 in Scottsbluff to Francis H. and Myrtle(Schaffer) Schafer. He attended Scottsbluff schools, graduating in 1938. He married Marijeanne "Jean"Morrison in Kimball on July 29, 1939. They lived in Gering until 1941 when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He served in the European theatre as a B-24 pilot and was shot down over Europe in December 1943. With the help of the French Resistance, he escaped enemy territory across the English Channel in March 1944. He was one of only 94 Americans who escaped by this route. When he was discharged from the service in 1945, he and his wife moved to Alliance. He was associated with Shafer Auto Supply and later became its owner. He operated the business until 1977 when he retired for health reasons. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, a charter member and Past Commander of Disabled American Veterans and Past Commander of American Legion Post #7. He was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks, Eagles, 8th Air Force Historical Society, 2 Air Division and Air Force Escape and Evasion Society. He served on the Alliance Civil Service Commission, Alliance Housing Authority, and many other civic boards.
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Dick was a Bomber pilot (B-24) shot down over France enemy territory.WW11 Walked out with assistance of the French Resistance underground, never captured by the German Army. Received Good Conduct, American Defense, two Purple Hearts, Air Medal(two gold clusters) American Theatre, European Theatre, Winged Boot, Caterpillar pin, Presidential Citation, Medals and the American Victory Ribbon. His Military possessions are in the Alliance Military Museum.
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  • Created by: David Goltry
  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100008112
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Francis “Dick” Schafer (5 Jul 1920–11 Apr 1994), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100008112, citing Alliance Cemetery, Alliance, Box Butte County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by David Goltry (contributor 47177571) .